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    Height above ground at time t, of ferris wheel

    You have been riding the London Ferris Wheel for 17 minutes and 30 seconds, and the diameter of the wheel is 450 feet. What is your height above the ground at this time? Any help would be appreciated i am not sure how to go about doing this problem.
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    Not enough information, we need to know the period of frequency of the wheel
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    My mistake. The Ferris Wheel makes one complete revolution every 30 minutes
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    You can find the angle you're at relative to the bottom of the wheel by \dfrac{\alpha}{360} = \dfrac{17.5}{30}
    Using the middle of the wheel as a point we can say that the sum of the angles around it is 360 degrees.

    \theta = 360 - \alpha - 90

    You can then construct a right angled triangle using \theta as your angle. At your point you are h + r feet above the ground where h = r \sin \theta

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    P is the point you're at
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    Hello, sydewayzlocc!

    You have been riding the London Ferris Wheel for 17 minutes and 30 seconds,
    and the diameter of the wheel is 450 feet. It makes one revolution every 30 minutes.
    What is your height above the ground at this time?
    Code:
    
                 * * *
             A*----*B   *
            *  \   |      *
           *    \  |       *
              225\@|
          *       \|        *
          *        *O       *
          *        |        *
                   |
           *       |225    *
            *      |      *
              *    |    *
                 * * *
                   C

    The wheel turns 360^o every 30 minutes: 12^o per minute.

    In 17.5 minutes, it has turned 210^o\!:\;\theta \:=\:\angle AOB = 30^o

    Hence: . BO \:=\:225\cos30^o \:=\:\dfrac{225\sqrt{3}}{2}

    Therefore: . BO \;=\;225+\dfrac{225\sqrt{3}}{2} \;=\;\dfrac{225}{2}(2 + \sqrt{3})\text{ ft.}

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